I spent some time wandering the hills and pathways of Brooklyn’s Green-wood cemetery last week.  Aside from being one of the most serenely beautiful sites that I have explored in New York City, Green-wood holds an interesting history as one of the country’s first rural cemeteries, situated on 478 acres of land.

The site of the Revolutionary War’s “Battle of Long Island” and inspiration for the creation of both Central and Prospect Park, the landmark garnered half a million visitors per year in the late 1800s.

But, of course, I like it best because it is free and pretty.

And quiet.

Which may not be rare for a cemetery, but feels worth mentioning as a find in the city.


One thought on “Green-Wood

  1. Emily says:


    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and adventures on this blog. I can’t believe I lived blocks from this gem for 2 years and never explored it. Your writings transport me to Brooklyn, Birchrunville, Philly…looking forward to next month’s adventure!


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